Grateful Dead Live at State Fairgrounds on 1980-09-06
Nak Dragon > Sony PCM r-500 DAT > CDR
Subject: Let us go to church
Subject: My last show
I'm sure a lot of you will disagree, but I guess variety of opinions makes the world go round!
Jerry getting into heroin destroyed the Dead and himself. It's a damn shame. I miss him :(
Subject: By the waterside I will lay my head
Late for for work in Woburn, MA the next day I was shit-canned from my forklift-driving job. I wasn't terribly upset about that as my buds were planning a trip I could now attend.
Lewiston changed me forever. Doubled down on the purple and danced my ass off. The n Playin => Uncle => Wheel => Uncle => Playin had me perplexed. Do they always do this? Not like Yes and Jethro Tull!
Dragging back to the car in wonderment, we found a stream to sleep next to. By the waterside I will lay my head. 50-80 shows calmer since then :)
Subject: Mighty Lewiston, Maine - 1980
One of the 8 best shows i danced at in person, maybe the greatest, though it was only my 2nd show, and i was 16 or 17....so my personal #1 is
Subject: First Dead Show
Subject: I remember it well
vitamin A, and proceeded to, lambast the band for every shitty riff they sent out to the ground. First time I ever witnessed Jerry concerned. But when you're a 20-year-old Deadhead under the influencew who gives a shit! By the way, loved the show!
Subject: Very nice Audience recording
Subject: That was special
Managment set up hoses and giant plastic sheets and created a gigantic "slip'n'slide" for the crowd who promptly improvized the sport of "Human Bowling"....Trippy. If we'd only had Handi-Cams back in those days!
Subject: Grateful Friday
Subject: Fine Show and Recording but Check the Other One Out Too
I'll only add that there is another version on Archive.org with a very different sounds balance. Despite coming from a cassette, to my mind it sounds more natural, with better balance, less-boomy but still audible bass, and less-intrusive crowd noise.
Subject: Something that makes me wish I were older!
To add, Phil is a bit low, which detracts, but I reckon this is possibly the most 'real' aud on the archive. Would love to discuss... email@example.com
Great audience too.
If you prefer your GD full out rocking than this is your show. Decent audience, although there is distortion when Phil hits those deeper notes.
Subject: Lewiston '80
Subject: Cocaine - Gives You Wings!
How often have we debated "Best Promised Land"?
I nominate this one
Subject: One of the best 80's shows
Strangely, the more pedestrian songs such as Alabama Getaway and Greatest Story are the ones where the spark is most noticeable - probably because there are so many great versions of the feature songs. The jamming is nothing ground-breaking or unusual, just very well done, except for Feel Like a Stranger. That song starts out blazing hot and settles into a meandering jam that needs to go into another song, but because it's the first set, they just end it without building the intensity back up. Shakedown, OTOH, is 15 minutes of hot, fast groovin' that defies you not to move your feet. The transition from Playin' into Uncle John's goes smoothly until Jerry decides to slow the tempo, resulting in some awkwardness. Not Fade>Wheel is an unusual transition that works out really well here.
The sound quality is excellent - all the instruments are well separated and balance, any hiss is inaudible, and the crowd noise adds to rather than drowning out the music.
I give it 4 stars because, like I said, there's nothing ground-breaking, nothing that turns the universe on its head like say, 9/21/72, just some nice tasty jams and very high energy from beginning to end.
Subject: Feel Like An Audience Tape
Hard to imagine these freaks being this competent at such a late date. Even Jerry admits it's going to be a long, long, long crazy night -- right on the goddam backbeat. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet.......
Subject: I'm envious...
Anyway, Far From Me, Stranger, China>Rider (ripping transition), Shakedown and Sailor are all super...
This is also a very good recording.
Subject: cool autumn breezes
The jam tunes Sugaree, Stranger, Shakedown, Playing into a joyful UJB outstanding! Jerry tears up the Saint, the crowd reacts...and get get on of those lovely Grateful Dead moments where the crowd and the and are in sync and feeding off one another. Magic!!... Good mix of jamming and straight up tunes. Great flow between songs and moods. These are the kinda shows and expirences that kept us yearning for more. and me grateful for them. Folks cry about not having complete broads of this classic, but sometimes good comes out of bad. The recording provides a good sound mix and separation, with the warm feel of actually attending the show. You turn this up loud, close your eyes and imagine the sceen and vibe... the people around you. Early September in Maine, close your eyes and feel the cool autumn breezes.
Subject: Good show Great Sunset
As far as all the clapping that was mentioned in other reviews, Blame it on the version of Hand Jive Levon played earlier in the show. I guess next time instead of enjoying the moment we should be concerned with posterity.
Subject: #1 show, but tape quality suffers from Phil's overwhelming power
I remember the boys were really ripping during those years and you usually caught one great complete set per show, and often two. Also, the influence of dance music (fading disco, rising new wave) was pervasive. I always tried to introduce anyone to the Dead by explaining that it was music for dancing. The "old" stuff was already proven. For instance, the Dancin' at Cape Cod was life-changing. Songs like ShakeDown and Feel Like a Stranger were new and funky. I saw mostly east coast shows and the early ones were all played blazingly fast and LOUD - yet clear. The wasn't the muddiness to the sound that crept in around '84 or so. Especially Phil. You could always here him clean and clear. And as you know, he could save a song by jumping in BIG AND STRONG and pulling the boys out of the abyss.
Lewiston was my #1 show because:
1) It was outdoors on a gorgeous early-fall, end-of-tour day in Maine. With a lot of very happy and energetic Dead Heads.
2) Great song selection with a red-hot performance throughout. Especially the 2nd-set song cycle spun around "The Wheel". That was magical.
3) Phil. Phil was especially loud that night. (The tapes here on archive.org suffer from that with excessive boominess throughout). The most impressive was right at the end of Space, just before NFA. I don't normally recommend Space as a track to listen to, but give it a whirl. On this night Phil literally SHOOK THE EARTH. I do mean that the ground rumbled. Everyone was awestruck and transfixed. I remember thinking that he sounded like a massive dinousaur rumbling along a path and roaring.
I saw some discussion on archive.org that debated the quality of the singing that night. I'll add my 2-cents: This was the last show of the east coast summer tour. The boys were clearly hoarse that night. Everyone noticed. We got extra energy from the band because they couldn't sing pretty. They just sang harder and played like there was no tomorrow.
I'll give the show a 5 rating because it was so good. However, I wish there was a tape available that had better balance/equalization at the low end.
Finally, some other highlights:
- This show has the best version of Saint of Circumstance that I know of. The breakout is truly orgasmic.
- Red Rooster
- China Cat->Rider
- The above aforementioned 2nd set.
Subject: 'you know this space is getting hot'
Subject: A Defining Moment
Subject: Another Day in 1980
Imagine I was more interested in seeing if Jerry's hair was long again than recognizing the songs played. (Many things don't change, come on Bobby!!!) Can't even remember the name of one of my classmates who drove six hours straight back to campus after the show ended on two doses of 1980 east coast mesc. I slept the whole way home and got back in time to submit an outline for my senior thesis. Should have been Wayne's World 15 years early, not Kerouac! Well ah,
Great to listen to this show with clarity. I've owned the old audio taped in 1982 from WHRB's (Cambridge) 72 hour Grateful Dead orgy..."many of you were there"...how time has driven by...
Subject: Love This
The Far From Me is REALLY good!
Very nice second set. Good Shakedown. The best song was Althea. Jerry walking the band down that path was so sweet. Pretty Rocking really. Sailor>Saint was cool. Level's are high post Drumz, but not terrible with minor exception.
Curious about the lineage prior to Nak. Yes, lots of clapping but that's part of the deal and I will take it.
Subject: A better copy would be nice...
Subject: nice audience
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